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Arthritis is an inflammation and degradation of
the joints affecting dogs and cats just like
humans. One in five dogs will be affected by
arthritis and it is the most common cause of
chronic pain in dogs.
Affected joints are usually the shoulders,
elbows, knees and hips and one or more of
these joints can be affected at any one time. In
arthritic joints, the cartilage has degenerated
with roughness or chips present and bare bone
can be exposed. Synovial (joint) fluid also loses
its lubricating properties making the movement
of the bones less smooth and more painful.
Risk factors for arthritis:
More common in middle-aged and older
animals but can strike younger animals
especially those with congenital abnormalities
like hip dysplasia.
Obese pets are more likely to be affected.
Joints that have been injured or infected in
the past are more prone to becoming arthritic.
The clinical signs of arthritis usually appear
gradually and worsen over time. Arthritis is
almost always irreversible, with many of the
different symptoms and behavioural changes
resulting from the increased pain. Some pets
Less active and sleep more than normal.
Irritable; personality change.
Reluctant to play, walk, climb stairs or lag
behind on walks.
Lame. This is the most common sign of
arthritis in dogs but is often difficult or
impossible to notice in cats because they are
quite good at hiding their pain.
Painful to touch and have swelling around
Unable to rise easily from a rest position. If
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Rosa's on track to don
the black in Ukraine
HAIL ROSA: Rolleston's Rosa Flanagan was too strong for her opposition - and a hail storm - when winning
the Canterbury Secondary Schools cross country at Halswell Quarry. She finished over a minute and a half
clear of her nearest rival.
By MAT KERMEEN
WINNING IS becoming a
habit for Rosa Flanagan and
her timing could not be better.
Later this month the
16-year-old Rolleston runner
will head to the Ukraine via a
two-week training camp in
Germany to represent New
Zealand at the World Youth
Rosa has come off a stellar
summer, with a string of vic-
tories around New Zealand
Her success has continued
over the last two weeks, with
convincing victories in the
Schools road race and cross
Earlier in the season Rosa
travelled to Perth for the
Australian junior athletics
championships and won the
under-18 3000m, while finish-
ing third in the 1500m.
In 2012 she won national
age group cross country titles
on both sides of the Tasman.
To top off an unbelievable
year, Rosa was recognised at
the Athletics Canterbury
awards last week.
She was named distance
athlete of the year, junior non-
stadia athlete of the year and
secondary school non-stadia
athlete of the year.
Also acknowledged was her
new coach Maria Hassan, who
was named coach of the year.
Rosa is currently only
entered in the 1500m at the
World Youth Games, but may
sneak into her favoured
3000m if anyone withdraws
from the full field.
She will run the 3000m in
lead-up races in Germany.
Excited about the month-
long trip, Rosa is hoping to
use the experience of travel-
ling in a New Zealand team of
around 15 athletes, to prepare
herself for future track meet-
Hassan said the trip was
mainly for Rosa to gain
experience but it will also be
her best chance to qualify for
the World Youth Games.
Racing in the tough compe-
tition could be just what she
needs to get her past the
It s going to be really tough
to keep up with the top girls,
they run some amazing times.
Hopefully the competition
should push me to run as hard
as I can, Rosa said.
Rosa has plenty of short-
term goals, but two long-term
opportunities are never far
from her mind.
Definitely the Olympics
and Commonwealth games.
They are the obvious ones that
I guess everyone aims for.
Donning the black singlet is
something Rosa loves and is
hoping to do many more
It feels completely different
with that black singlet on, it
makes you more driven for
It s just such a special feel-
Book sale fundraiser for scouts in jam
BARGAIN BOOK hunters are gear-
ing up for one of Canterbury s
biggest book sales this weekend.
Lincoln Scouts are holding their
biannual book sale at the Lincoln
Scout Den to raise money for the
National Scout Jamboree in Feilding
With a staggering 18 pallets of
books stacked 1.5 metres high on
sale, the scouts are promising to
have something for everyone.
Ten Lincoln Scouts will make the
two-week trip at a cost of $1600 each.
They have their work cut out
laying out thousands of books.
The sale starts at the Lincoln
Scout Den on North Belt on Friday
between 7pm and 8pm and finishes
on Saturday from 9am till 1pm.
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